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Rodgers was straight into the thick of things after coming in as Liverpool boss; a host of players departed the club before or just after he arrived, and the manager only had limited time to reshape the squad as best as he could.
An anticipated change to 4-3-3 meant a bit of reshuffling was required, while goals had been hard to come by the previous season and so quality reinforcements in the final third were a must.
Joe Allen came in as Rodgers' marquee signing, the man who knew the system and had the quality to step up, and immediate signs were good that the move was the right call.
Out went Maxi Rodriguez, Dirk Kuyt and Craig Bellamy; the experienced attacking trio was replaced by the more youthful Fabio Borini, Oussama Assaidi and to a much lesser extent, Samed Yesil. A crowd of reserve and youth players also left, while Alberto Aquilani, Stephen Darby and Charlie Adam made permanent exits too.
Jay Spearing was sent on loan to Bolton Wanderers; Nuri Sahin came in from Real Madrid on a similar deal, and after a bit of a tussle over terms, Andy Carroll was allowed to depart for West Ham United until the end of the season.
Then came the question of his deadline day replacement.
Liverpool failed to convince Daniel Sturridge to join on loan and ended up refusing to pay an increased premium for Fulham's Clint Dempsey—who instead signed for Tottenham, just as Gylfi Sigurdsson had done earlier in the campaign.
The Reds were left with just Luis Suarez and new boy Borini as forwards, with the latter getting injured in just October.